Former Eagle Ryan Johnson Selected 31st Overall by Buffalo Sabres in the 2019 NHL Draft

Former Santa Margarita Catholic High School Eagle, Ryan Johnson, was selected 31st overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the last pick of the first round of the 2019 NHL draft. Buffalo-bound Johnson is the son of former professional ice hockey player Craig Johnson who played ten seasons in the NHL, and is currently the coach of the Santa Margarita Catholic High School hockey and Anaheim Jr Ducks youth hockey teams.

Sabres’ general manager, Jason Bottrill, said of Johnson, he’s a “very good athlete, very good skater, has that ability to play well in his defensive zone against other teams’ top players. But then he also has the sense of a puck-moving ability. When we talk about what our team eventually wants, how our team eventually wants to play when we’re successful, it’s our defensemen joining the rush, getting pucks up to our talented forwards, and we really think Ryan fits the bill.”

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